Celtic Go Top – 06/04/2011

On this day in 2011, Neil Lennon’s Celtic hosted Hibernian at Paradise. The Hoops went into the match having played a game less than Rangers, just a point behind their city rivals.

Celtic took to the field with the player’s names being written in Japanese in memory of the victims of an earthquake in Japan that week. The line-up was also unusual in that it was the first time Freddie Ljungberg had been selected in the squad for a long time.

  • 26 Forster
  • 03 Izaguirre
  • 12 Wilson; yellow card
  • 21 Mulgrew; yellow card
  • 22 Loovens (Rogne 46)
  • 08 Brown
  • 16 Ledley
  • 33 Baram Kayal (Ljungberg 82)
  • 10 Stokes
  • 49 Forrest (Commons 78)
  • 88 Hooper

Celtic raced into the lead through Stokes on four minutes. That scoreline was then doubled on 20 minutes as Gary Hooper rifled a penalty into the roof of the net. The English striker added his second of the game just before half time, to give Celtic a 3-0 lead going into the break.

The second half saw Hibs get a penalty of their own, which was slotted home by Liam Miller, but it was little more than a consolation.

Hooper had a chance to get his hat-trick in the closing moments with a second penalty for Celtic, though his effort was wildly sliced wide from the spot and the match finished 3-1.

Celtic went two points and nine goals ahead in the race for the title.

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About Author

Hailing from an Irish background, I grew up in Bournemouth with the good fortune to begin watching Celtic as a young child during the Martin O'Neill era. Still living on the south coast, I have a season ticket at Paradise and also travel to European away matches when possible. At the age of 19, I published my first Celtic book (Our Stories & Our Songs: The Celtic Support). Then, last year, I published my second book (Take Me To Your Paradise: A History Of Celtic-Related Incidents & Events), which is sold in Waterstones and official Celtic FC stores.

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